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Franklin University Appoints Rick Sunderman Chief Information Officer

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Sunderman to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University.   This new appointment will allow Sunderman to set strategy to align Franklin’s mission of serving its students with its goal of leading the academic community as a technology innovator. 

In his new role, Sunderman will have responsibility for the Technology Infrastructure Group, Desktop Services, University Information Systems, and the Application Development team members responsible for the University’s Web sites.  Through this responsibility, he will develop and guide implementation of a strategy for the University’s Information and Technology Services areas that ensures effective electronic delivery of curriculum and information services while enhancing our end-users’ experience. 

He has served in several consultative engagements at Franklin in his role as the owner of Dublin Technologies, a firm he founded in 2003 after serving as the Vice President, Information Systems at Qwest Communications.  Prior to his ten-year tenure at Qwest, he served in several roles within the technology areas of Battelle.  Sunderman has provided consulting services to the University for the past several years, including managing the implementation of several of the University's data centers. 

Sunderman earned his B.S. in Geology from The Ohio State University.  A lifelong resident of Central Ohio, he currently lives in Dublin, Ohio with his daughters.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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